We all practice our own skin and hair care regimens to keep ourselves in top-notch shape and looking great – and we should be doing the same for our dogs! Since our doggies can’t tell us when their skin feels dry, or if their fur needs a refresher, keep in mind these basics of doggie skin care to keep them feeling and looking great on the outside!
A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Coat and Skin
Your dog’s body does not make Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids-which are necessary for optimum skin and coat health-on its own. A healthy diet rich in Omega acids is essential for a great looking coat. Fortunately most dog foods available have enough of these fatty acids but if you aren't sure or what some more advice you can contact your local vet. Your vet may ask you to add oils rich in essential fatty acids, like linseed oil and sunflower oil, to your dog’s diet as a supplement.
Regular Brushing for a Fantastic Sheen.
Regular brushing removes excess hair from your dog’s coat, and cuts down significantly on the amount of hair you have to deal with when it comes time to clip. It also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s fur and skin, keeping their coat healthy and looking its best.
Use Natural Dog Wash when its Bath Time.
Using a natural plant based shampoo is best when washing your dog as opposed to commercial human hair shampoo. Using a human hair shampoo will alter the pH of your dogs coat and cause it to dry out. The good news is your doggie only needs a soap bath every couple of months so you can afford to splurge on a nice dog specific shampoo and give water bath rinses in between.